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Special Request: Southern-style Sugarfire Pie is restaurant's signature
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Special Request: Southern-style Sugarfire Pie is restaurant's signature

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Sugarfire Pie (pie name same as restaurant)

Sugarfire Pie (pie name same as restaurant) photographed on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Sugarfire Pie. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Q • I should have just said no, but I tried the signature pie at Sugarfire Pie, and now I’m addicted. Would the “dealer” share her recipe? — Kelly VanPelt, Florissant

A • It’s the pie of many names. Chess pie. Jefferson Davis pie. For a while, Sugarfire called its best-selling pie “crack pie” until some New York trademark lawyers got involved. Whatever.

It’s an old-fashioned pie, just butter, sugar, cream and eggs plus a hallmark ingredient, yellow cornmeal. “Every chess pie has cornmeal,” says Carolyn Downs, pastry chef-owner at the Southern-style Sugarfire Pie, the Olivette pie shop two doors down from the original Sugarfire Smoke House. “Cornmeal adds texture.”

Downs says that pies and pie shops are making a huge comeback. But her pie shop is more than slices of homemade pie. It’s slab pies, hand pies, whoopie pies, stack pies and even pies baked inside cakes.

And it’s cookies. “I don’t want cookies to look perfect,” she says. “You can tell it’s homemade; each one has its own personality.” And it’s ice cream. “We couldn’t make ice cream this good,” Downs says of locally produced Ronnie’s Ice Cream. And it’s custard and cake and even bread pudding and cobbler.

“Everything is made by hand in small batches, fresh every day,” Downs says. “We want to sell out, just like barbecue.” She grew up in a restaurant family in Carrolton, Ill., and learned to bake watching Julia Child. She and her husband also own Cyrano’s Café in Webster Groves, long famous for its sweet treats.

Sugarfire Pies are available at the pie shop in Olivette and also at all Sugarfire Smoke House locations in St. Charles, O’Fallon, Mo., and, coming soon, downtown.

Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.


Sugarfire Pie

9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 108, Olivette

314-736-6300; sugarfirepie.com

Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.  

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